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GO-MAP Graduate Diversity Fellowships and Top-Off Awards

These GO-MAP awards are intended to increase the number of University of Washington doctoral degrees granted to students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and the advancement of communities of color through their work, research, and/or scholarship.

Two categories of awards are available: Fellowships and Top-Off Awards. Departments are to nominate one student total (not per category). If your department offers multiple-year funding packages for incoming doctoral students, you are strongly encouraged to apply for the top-off award.

Student Eligibility

  • Admitted and will be enrolled full-time in a state-funded doctoral program starting Autumn 2020
  • Strong academic achievement in the face of social, economic, or educational disadvantages
  • US citizen, DACAmented, or hold permanent resident status
  • Tribal enrollment verification required for American Indian and Alaska Native students

Students are ineligible if they hold an F1 or J1 visa or will be enrolled in a:

  • Terminal master’s program
  • JD, DDS, MD, or other professional program
  • Foreign study, study abroad, or international program or exchange

Award Descriptions

GO-MAP Graduate Diversity Fellowships are two-year awards (first and final/dissertation years) with an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition and fees coverage, and GAIP benefits. Departments must provide a match of comparable funding for interim years. Matching funds for years 2+ cannot come from other Graduate School funding resources. Allocated awards include the Bank of America Fellowship, Endowed Fellowship for Native Americans in Humanities and Social Sciences, Presidential Fellowship, and the Ronald E. McNair Fellowship. If awarded, GO-MAP will determine the assigned fellowship. Students awarded a GO-MAP Graduate Diversity Fellowship cannot be assigned formal TA/RA responsibilities for their first and final/dissertation years.

GO-MAP Top-Off Awards are two-year awards with a lump-sum of $3,000 the first year and $2,000 the second year. Top-off awards are designed to enhance, not replace, a department’s offer of full funding.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made in the MyGrad awards management system. Please login to nominate a student and submit a letter of nomination from the Department Chair or GPC describing the following:

  • How this award will enhance your department’s efforts in diversifying your graduate program.
  • The student’s academic merit and their demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and the advancement of communities of color through their work, research, and/or scholarship.
  • The department’s plan for interim funding.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM. No exceptions will be made.

Award notifications: The third week of March 2020

Questions? Please contact Willa Kurland at 206.543.9016 or willamei@uw.edu.